Thiago talk cooled by Bayern
Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has played down
talk the club’s pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is
a done deal.
The Bundesliga champions appear to be in pole position to lure
the highly rated 22-year-old away from the Nou Camp, despite
interest from Manchester United.
Reports earlier this week claimed the player had agreed a
four-year contract at the Allianz Arena, but Sammer insists such
suggestions are premature.
“Why would we not communicate it if something was signed? No, of
course that is not the case,” the 45-year-old told German newspaper
Bild am Sonntag.
If the transfer did go through, it would see Thiago reunited
with his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola.
New Bayern coach Guardiola confirmed on Thursday that Thiago,
who came to the fore in Spain’s triumphant European U21
Championship campaign with several fine performances including a
stunning hat-trick in the final against Italy, was his number one
transfer target this summer.
When asked at a press conference at the Bayern training camp if
he was interested in Thiago, the 42-year-old said: “Yes.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. We have to wait. I know
him very, very well. He is a super, super player. He can play in
three, four or five positions.”
When asked about other transfers, Guardiola added: “It is either
Thiago or nothing.”